Swimming Pool Safety for Kids at Summer Camp

swimming pool safetySummer camps are always fun for kids. They learn to grow independently, adapt new skills, make new friends and, most importantly, they learn social skills. At summer camp, kids are always kept busy with activities. Camp activities in which the kids participate are designed after much deliberation and are usually very safe. Even then, a lot of precautionary measures are taken. But a lot of parents have their instinctive anxiety about their kids’ safety, especially swimming pool safety. But, parents’ fears should not come in the way of what could be an excellent learning as well as a fun opportunity for their kids. Therefore, suitable precautions can be taken to avoid any mishaps in and around swimming pools.  

    1. Your first question to the camp authorities should be about the water filtration process and the type of chemicals they use to treat the water. Kids who are learning, and even the experienced kids, end up swallowing at least a little bit of water every time they get in the pool. Your child may be allergic to particular chemicals, which is why it is important to inquire about it beforehand.
    2. You should also inquire about the lifeguards assigned to the pool and their experience certificates. Ask the summer camp authorities about the swimming instructor’s experience and how many of them are deployed in the pool when a session is ongoing.
    3. Make it a point to check whether the instructors test your child’s swimming capabilities. Inquire about the size and depth of the pool. Your kid may have a phobia of depth, even without being aware of it.
    4. Ask the summer camp authorities how they deal with kids who have no swimming experience. Will they be allowed to use their floating tubes or arm tubes? Floatation devices are excellent safety mechanisms but should never be the sole safety measure. The presence of instructors and lifeguards is always required.
    5. Also ask what type of games the kids will be playing in the pool, the number of hours that they will be spending in the pool, whether or not the pool is heated and so on.

Important items to be packed in your child’s swim kit for their safety at summer camp:

  1. Swim Suit

You can buy fancy costumes for your kid. However, if your child is allergic to chlorine you may want to consider buying a new full-cover swim suit.

  1. Swimming Cap

A cap is very important for kids, especially those with long hair. Tell your child to tie their hair up before wearing the cap.

  1. Goggles

Goggles are an absolute necessity for kids playing games in the pool.  They not only protect them from inflammation when they are exposed to water, they also help them see better in water.

  1. Sun Protection

The risk of sunburns and allergies is high. Sunscreen protection is always an absolute must especially if your son or daughter’s skin is sensitive. Therefore, insist that they apply some all over before taking a plunge.

Thoroughly check the pool safety regulations before sending your child off to summer camp. And for extra precaution, make it a point to share the rules with them ahead of time.


Learn Wakeboarding at Summer Camp

wakeboardingWakeboarding is one of the most popular activities at summer camp since it truly is as fun as it looks. While the kids just think they are having fun, learning to wakeboard strengthens their growing bodies while providing a healthy dose of exercise each day. In addition to improving their strength and balance, learning to wakeboard at summer camp offers benefits that go far beyond other methods of training.


Learn in a Safe Environment

As a parent, it is important to know that your kids learn how to wakeboard using the highest level of safety precautions available. At summer camp, highly trained Certified Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards lead the lessons so that competent adults always supervise kids on the water. Kids are also taught basic safety skills before they ever enter the water such as how to use hand signals while wakeboarding to communicate with the people in the boat.


Develop Self-Confidence

For many kids at camp, wakeboarding is their first experience with a water sport. It is common for these kids to initially feel a little hesitant about getting on the board. Since camp instructors are experienced in tailoring lessons to a kid’s comfort level, wakeboarding lessons help campers gradually build their self-confidence as they master new skills.


Continue Building Skills

From just getting up on the board to mastering tricks such as jumps and flips, there is always a new wakeboarding skill to learn. This ensures that kids never get bored and they always have something to look forward to at summer camp. After returning for a new season, wakeboarding instructors assess each camper to determine if they need to review prior skills before moving on to new ones. Then, kids are introduced to new tricks that keep them motivated for learning.


Wakeboarding lessons at summer camp create a unique experience that encourages bonding among campers along with the opportunity to enjoy individual success. Since campers can practice every day, their skills rapidly improve along with their self-confidence. Whether your son or daughter is a beginner or already experienced in wakeboarding, summer camp will transform their experience into one that they will remember for a lifetime.

Summer Camp Boating Safety

boating safetyOne of the best parts of summer camp is the joy of getting out on the water, whether paddling about in a kayak, zipping around on water skis or learning to harness the wind on a sailboat. While kids love the excitement of skimming over the lake on a windy day or perfecting kite-boarding tricks, it’s also important that they become well acquainted with the rules of boating safety. Camp boating instructors stress following the rules of safe boating at all times.


Life Jackets On

Wearing a life jacket is one important summer camp boating safety which should be just as routine on boarding a boat as putting on a seat belt in a car.  Whether just paddling around in shallow water or zooming around the lake in a power boat, summer camp counselors are trained to be sure their young charges are outfitted with properly fitting life jackets. Disaster can strike quickly out on the water and there often isn’t time to retrieve a stowed away life vest and put it on in time. Even good swimmers can be injured or incapacitated when going overboard, impeding their ability to stay on the surface.


Safety Drills

One of the best ways to be prepared for boating accidents is to take part in safety drills. Waterfront instructors teach kids exactly what to do in case of boating accidents. For example, young sailors take part in person-overboard drills and capsize recovery. While kayakers receive instruction on how to right their kayak if they flip over and water skiers learn how to safely enter and exit the water.


Weather Awareness

Young boaters are taught to be aware of constantly changing weather and water conditions. Not only should boaters check the weather forecast, but they need to also be aware of signs of changing conditions or signs of incoming storms.


Basic Rules

On the waterfront and out on the lake or bay, young campers learn such basic safety rules as the importance of holding on while moving about the boat, keeping hands and feet inside the boat and not sitting on the bow. Safety comes first at camp, followed by loads of fun!

Teach Your Kids to Fish in 7 Simple Steps

teach kids fishingFishing is one of the oldest family pastimes. It keeps people occupied, while also providing them ample opportunity to spend some quality time with each other. In addition, fishing is fun and makes summer experience memorable for your child. That is why it has been the choice of weekend and summer adventure for fathers for centuries. Teaching your kids to fish is an experience unto itself. We have tried to keep it simple, so that you and your kids can master fishing in no time at all. Reminder…get a fishing license. You can usually get it easily at a sporting goods store.

Step 1: Find Suitable Fishing Spots

People working at your local tackle shop will be able to tell you where to find the best “fishin’ holes” in the area. Sure, you can go fishing without doing any research, but not all bodies of water have ample fish. So, while you are at it, also ask if they know of any particular baiting spots.

Step 2: Gear Up

Don’t miss anything. You don’t want to be in the middle of the lake with your kid, only to discover that it is a rainy day. So, be prepared…carry everything – fishing gear, bait, sunscreen, rain jackets, bug repellants, snacks, drinks, water, hats, first-aid kits, sunglasses, and anything else that you think you might need.

Step 3: Safety First

The safety of you and your children is the topmost priority. Always remember to take life jackets with you. Also, some hooks might have barbs so you it might be a good idea to not let the kids handle them in the beginning.

Step 4: Casting

This is the time of learning. Kids are bound to make mistakes. So, plan everything in such a way that most injuries can be avoided. When casting, it should be a sidearm cast, as it poses a lesser risk for the kids.

Step 5: Now the Support

Offer a lot of encouragement to the kids because it will help them learn better. Teach them to check if there is someone on their side when they are using a sidearm cast. Kids are born curious and soak up information like a sponge. Explain to them how a float works, what happens when the fish bites, tug a line when kids are holding it to simulate a hit and demonstrate things when explaining doesn’t work. Also, teach them to hold their fishing rod between the 9 and 11 O’clock angle. Teach them how the reel works so they will know what to do when a fish bites.

Step 6: Let Them Learn

One of the first things any parent should know is that all kids have their own unique style of learning. Watching them make mistakes can be frustrating to parents at times. But, you should know that yelling at them or chiding them for mistakes isn’t going to help. It will simply ruin the experience for both of you. So, let them make mistakes, offer advice and make sure that they do not hurt themselves or anyone else.

Step 7: The Catch

When they finally catch the fish and all the photo sessions are over, teach them how to safely release the fish back into the water. But, before that, teach them to understand why it is important to let the fish back into the water. However, if the fish is for dinner, then it’s time for teaching them selective harvesting.

Now…go fish!

The Alabama Rig

In 2011, Bassmaster named the Alabama Rig as the most influential lure in the bass fishing world, and two years later, it’s still causing a buzz. With a single bait designed to drag five individual lures behind it – in the hopes of imitating the look and activity of a small school of baitfish – the Alabama Rig requires heavier-duty fishing lines, rods, and reels to work, but undoubtedly gets results.